Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will provide you with a technical and business education required for modern digital and computing businesses. Goldsmiths’ creative approach uniquely prepares you for the modern creative technologies and digital media industries.

The Foundation Year provides an alternative entry route for students who don’t currently have the necessary academic profile to enter on to degree level study.

- Our teaching is strongly focused on practical work in real world situations

- We're ranked number 2 in London for computing (Guardian University League Tables 2017)

- You'll learn to develop simple software programs

- A key feature of our department is its interdisciplinarity, so you'll explore how computing interacts with a wide range of other subject areas

- Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress onto one of our undergraduate computing degrees in the Department of Computing

Course Modules

During the foundation year (year 0) you will gain basic computer systems skills and learn the mathematics fundamental to information technology systems. You will work on practical examples of computing applications and learn to develop simple software programs.

Level 4 or First year modules get you developing real-world software from the very beginning. You will learn technical programming and web development skills while at the same time working in teams to develop complete software products. You will develop web and mobile apps that fulfill the needs of you target market, ranging from a website for a local business to an iPhone app advertising a fantasy virtual band. You will be encouraged to work independently and think creatively about your target market and how to design software for them. In the second term, you will undertake the Computing in Business module that focuses both on business and technical aspects of Business Computing by analysing the technologies used, and business theories applied, by successful businesses across the world.

Level 5 modules include:

Principles and Applications of Programming

Data, Networks and the Web

Software Projects

Creative and Social Enterprises: Business Models, Value and Planning

Optional placement year

Our degrees include an optional industrial placement year between the second and final year of study. You will be responsible for securing a placement, but we can support you through this process.

Although we encourage you to take the opportunity of a placement year, you can also complete your degree without a placement.

At Level 6 you will complete a project in an area of Business Computing which will be worth 50% of your final mark for the year. You will also select up to 60 credits from a list of 3rd year annually approved list of optional modules including:

Digital Venture Creation

Computer Security

Innovation Case Studies

Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Sensing

Interaction Design

Data Mining

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
Short Course
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
Short Course
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.0With no element lower than 5.5